The Business Matrix: Monday 31 March 2014


Petrol price falls for fifth month in a row

The average family is now £5 a week better off than last year thanks to falling petrol prices, according to Asda. February was the fifth straight month of improvement.

Health and Safety chief paid £160,000

The next chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive  could receive a salary of as much  as £160,000 before benefits, according to a recruitment advertisement published in the media yesterday.

Footballer Mills in pasty firm buyout

The former England footballer Danny Mills is part of a club of investors poised to buy the West Cornwall Pasty Company, according to reports yesteray.

Sunday papers

Tobacco firms’ war on plain packets

The tobacco industry is gearing up to attack a report into the health benefits of plain cigarette packaging, out this week. The review will influence whether the Government presses ahead with plain packaging. (Independent on Sunday)

Chinese tycoon may buy House of Fraser

House of Fraser, the 165-year-old high-street department stores chain, could be snapped up by a Chinese tycoon in a £450m deal. Sanpower, a conglomerate run by Yuan Yafei, is in advanced talks with  the group. (The Sunday Times)